Yokosuka Naval Base civilian Carol Poole, as Million Dollar Momma, gets ready for a costume party Friday night.

Yokosuka Naval Base civilian Carol Poole, as Million Dollar Momma, gets ready for a costume party Friday night. (Allison Batdorff / S&S)

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The weekend before Halloween is a time of spirited soul searching for the 18-and-over crowd.

The holiday begs the question: Who is the bigger Hallow-weenie? Adults who dress up? Or those who leave the costumes to the kiddies?

It’s a ghastly dilemma to be sure, said some at Yokosuka Naval Base on Thursday.

While several adults announced their intentions to celebrate Halloween, most didn’t have costumes picked out yet.

USS Blue Ridge Seaman Thania Lopez said she puts costumes together “last minute” and likes to get away with “crazy” clothing combinations that don’t cost any money.

“It (Halloween) is easier for girls,” Lopez said. “You can just buy some ears and you have a good costume.”

Seaman Amanda Nicholson said she doesn’t have Halloween plans yet, but if she decides to go out, she’ll throw together a “little devil or a witch,” she said.

“Witch” ranks No. 1 as the most popular pick of adult costumes, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2007 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, conducted by BIGresearch.

NRF estimates over one-third of adults will dress in costume this year, with their top picks being witch, pirate, vampire, cat and princess.

“Stars Wars” characters, doctors and athletes are other top-ranked choices, the Web site said.

But Petty Officer 2nd Class Jerry Rozier plans to be one of the two-thirds of adults who will spend the holiday costume-free. Rozier doesn’t celebrate Halloween at all, he said.

“The old belief is that people dress up to mingle undetected with the evil spirits, and I don’t practice that,” Rozier said. “But I don’t think there’s anything wrong with other people doing it.”

Others were going to live vicariously through their children, like spouse Jennifer Moltman, who plans to transform her daughter Zoey into a green-skinned zombie cheerleader.

“I’m really excited, as this will be her first real Halloween where she can walk around and get candy,” Moltman said of her toddler. “Halloween is a lot of fun, and you only live once.”

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeff Grigsby planned on dressing his 2-year-old as a Dalmatian.

“My wife’s idea,” Grigsby said. The last time he donned a Halloween costume was four years ago, but he has no problem with adults getting into the Halloween spirit, he said. It all depends on the occasion.

“It’s fine if you’re going to a party,” Grigsby said. “But if you’re just sitting around Starbucks, a costume is pretty weird.”

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